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Phillies leaving options open with Burrell, Moyer


Phillies leaving options open with Burrell, Moyer
Flexibility.

In a word, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. explained yesterday, that's why the team decided against offering salary arbitration to lefthander Jamie Moyer and leftfielder Pat Burrell before Monday's midnight deadline.

Amaro said the Phillies have already picked up contract negotiations with Moyer, the 46-year-old lefthander who went 16-7 with a 3.71 earned run average last season.

"We have not yet re-engaged with [Burrell]," he added.

While most observers expected the Phillies to offer arbitration to Moyer - he would have been locked in if he had agreed to accept before Sunday - Amaro indicated that he didn't think he could wait for that process to play itself out.

"That would have left us at the mercy of the [arbitration panel] and we might have had to wait until February to find out salarywise what it was going to take to bring him back," he explained.

"There were a couple of different reasons [not to offer arbitration to Moyer and Burrell, as well as righthanders Tom Gordon and Rudy Seanez]," he said. "Flexibility in time and flexibility in salary.

"This allows us flexibility without being in an arbitration situation. It's a matter of dollars and cents."

The fact that the Phillies have 10 non-free agents eligible for salary arbitration later in the offseason sharpens the focus on knowing as soon as possible what it will cost to bring back Moyer and, less likely Burrell.

It could take up to an additional $20 million to keep that group intact. Among those in line for significant raises are lefthander Cole Hamels, first baseman Ryan Howard, centerfielder Shane Victorino, rightfielder Jayson Werth and righthander Joe Blanton.

So it makes sense for Amaro to find out as soon as possible if he can afford to bring back Moyer, who has indicated a desire to return to the Phillies. Moyer made a bargain $5.5 million base salary last season and could be expected to be looking for a hefty raise.

Once the Phillies decide, one way or the other, what will happen with Moyer they can move on to the other decisions that have to be made.

PhillersMajor League Baseball announced that the Phillies winner's share of the World Series was $351,504.48. The team voted to give out 45 full shares, 7.039 partial shares and 15 cash awards.

The Tampa Bay Rays , who lost to the Phils in five games, each received $223,390.05 for a full share. *


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: December 3, 2008

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